Friday 23 August 2019

All about the league now as United 'Kill' off Swords

Swords Celtic's Metropolitan Cup hopes were ended on Sunday as Niall Hudson's side went down heavily away to Senior Division side Killester United.

Killester United 4 Swords Celtic 0

Hudson was without several first-team players as his squad was hit with late withdrawals owing to injury and general unavailability.

Swords held their own for the first 20 minutes of the half, with Gavin Moore forced into action just once in the early stages when he made a good save.

David Cox and Graham Duff, who had been called up from the seconds, both held the line well to intercept several through-balls.

Evan Kelly was running Swords' midfield as the youngster gave his defence some breathing room with his hold-up play.

Moore made a great double stop mid-way through the half when the keeper tipped an attempted lob onto the crossbar and the rebound fell kindly for Killester, but again the keeper got behind the ball to keep the game scoreless.

Keith McCracken became increasingly influential in the Swords midfield, picking out some lovely long passes into the channels of Patsy O'Neil and Sean Gonzalez, but while the wingers looked exciting when in possession they failed to create any opportunities to truly test the Killester keeper.

With seven minutes left in the first half Killester finally broke the deadlock as the Swords defence were caught out by a ball over the top and Moore was beaten.

The keeper prevented the Senior Sunday side from doubling their lead just before the break, but after some sustained pressure Swords did fall further behind. Celtic lost possession and a swift Killester attack saw them make it 2-0.

Swords came close to pulling one back with 15 minutes left when Keith McCracken created some space for himself and let fly from distance, but his goal-bound effort was tipped over the bar.

The visitors were unable to feed the two strikers as Killester smothered most of their attacks, and in the latter stages tiredness and experience began to tell as Killester stroked the ball around with ease and added a further two goals to compound Swords' misery.

Hudson, speaking after the game, said that his side are going to take the positives from the fixture.

'A lot of the lads are hoping to play at that level and they got a chance to see it first-hand and hopefully they can take that away for the rest of the season.'

The Balheary side host Dunboyne next Sunday in what is a pivotal league game as the season begins to reach the business end.

Swords Celtic: Gavin Moore, Dominic McMahon, David Cox, Anthony Dowdall, Graham Duff, Patsy O'Neill, Sean Gonzlez, Andrew Timmons, Keith McCracken, Robbie Farrell, Evan Kelly.

Fingal Independent